About Us

Our Mission: Opera House Arts employs the performing arts to foster and promote excellence in all the ways we perform our lives: Incite Art, Create Community.

About Us: Opera House Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1999 to restore the 1912 Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places, to its original role as a performance venue and a community gathering space.

We offer a year-round schedule of professional theater, music, film, dance, educational programs, community events, and more.


Our performances take place in multiple venues, including the Stonington Opera House, the restored Burnt Cove Church Community Center, and at site-specific locations across Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine.  


Opera House Arts' programs serve all of Hancock County's winter and summer residents and visitors, with a special emphasis on the residents of Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula.


Our People


Board of Directors

Our History

Large old wooden buildings that last for 100 years can be rare, and institutions that last for more than 100 even more so. Our “magic box” of an Opera House celebrated its centennial in 2012--but that was 100 years only of the current building. The Opera House you see today is the third “amusement hall,” as it was originally called, on this site, and wears the patina of more than 100 years of community history, events, and restoration.

Learn more about our theater and history